Friday Open Thread

“Television is apparently the enemy of nuance. But nuance is essential for a thoughtful discussion.”

–Barney Frank

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  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Eighty one days 'til we vote Trump out.

    He's a traitor and a thief.

    Left and right, we'll all unite

    To oust the imbecile in chief.

  2. kickshot says:

    “. . . All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”: An Open Letter to Gen. Milley

    The president of the United States is actively subverting our electoral system, threatening to remain in office in defiance of our Constitution. In a few months’ time, you may have to choose between defying a lawless president or betraying your Constitutional oath. We write to assist you in thinking clearly about that choice. If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the expiration of his constitutional term, the United States military must remove him by force, and you must give that order. 

    I Resigned from U.S. Government After My Own Leaders Began to Act Like the Autocrats I Analyzed

    I recently resigned as a senior analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency … I have watched autocratic leaders around the world employ … tactics, actions that often precede broader uses of violence against domestic opposition. Unidentified federal forces in cities across the United States committing abuses against demonstrators is an evolution in the Trump administration’s authoritarian approach to dissent, not an anomaly.

  3. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    I kinda like these odds for next year — 14% returns on average with full Dem control:

  4. Powerful Pear says:

    Fourteen to one……there is still hope. At last Tuesday RTD Board of Directors meeting, Directors voted fourteen to one to defeat a motion that would have scraped the contract with a security company that protects RTD riders, and divert the $27 millón to mental health.

  5. kwtreekwtree says:

    Climate change on the western slope: Washington Post article

    2 degrees Celsius: Beyond the Limit , by Juliet Eilperin

    The premise of this article is that climate change means less water in rain, snowpack and runoff on the Western Slope; downriver, it means less water, period. It's an up-close look at how climate change is affecting several Grand Mesa area farm families.

    It seems to me a pretty thoughtful, well-written and data-driven article. Others closer to Western slope, agriculture and water issues can weigh in on bias, accuracy, etc. It even touches on CD3 politics.

    • kickshot says:

      I liked the article when I read it yesterday but I didn’t like the fact that none of the people listed in the credits is any kind of a physical scientist nor are many quoted to any real extent.

      “The average flow of the Colorado River has declined nearly 20 percent over the past century, half of which is because of warming temperatures, scientists say.” needs some kind of a reference and accreditation. AFAIK the debate over DIRECT linkage between temperature and drought has been more anecdotal than fully justified.

      But there is this:

      Increased drought severity tracks warming in the United States’ largest river basin is current and says the same thing (but about the Missouri River basin): “We find that temperature has increasingly influenced the severity of drought events by decreasing runoff efficiency in the basin since the late 20th century (1980s) onward.”

  6. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Police Chief Swoboda of Fort Collins:

    Fort Collins Police Services

    Chief Swoboda here –

    Thank you to everyone who has provided information about the unacceptable violence that occurred last Saturday during demonstrations in Fort Collins. With your help, we’ve been able to identify additional people who were prominently involved in this incident. We'll update once arrests have been made. This investigation is still active, so please continue to send tips. We want any parties who engaged in violence to be held accountable.

    People representing a number of different ideologies showed up at the demonstration armed with various weapons, body armor, and a clear desire to incite violence. We have indications that a number these agitators were not from Fort Collins but had traveled here from other communities around the region.

    We have a number of community organizers who have worked very hard to plan powerful, non-violent movements here in Fort Collins. We respect those constructive efforts and will continue to work with our residents to create a safe, inclusive community. The people who showed up looking for a fight last Saturday are not representative of those working to create positive change here in our city.

    People should be able to exercise their right to peacefully assemble without fear. To those wishing to cause harm under the guise of any group, we don't want your false support, divisive tactics, or violent agenda. Unless you stand for the safety of all, Fort Collins does not want you here.

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